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HSUS Opening Oregon Horse Sanctuary and Rescue Facility

June 10, 2008     E-mail this page to a friend!

The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) will open a new 1,120-acre horse sanctuary and rescue facility in Douglas County, Oregon. This will be the organization's fourth major animal care facility.

The new Duchess Sanctuary is made possible thanks to a $3.5 million donation from the Roberts Foundation, the Ark Watch Foundation, and its founder Celine Myers. Named in honor of the first horse owned by Celine Myers' family and after Black Beauty's mother in Anna Sewell's famous story, the Duchess Sanctuary will be a sister facility to the Cleveland Amory Black Beauty Ranch located in Murchison, Texas, a 1,300-acre ranch operated by the HSUS and the Fund for Animals.

“The Humane Society of the United States is thrilled to add an extraordinary property to its network of animal-care operations,” said Wayne Pacelle, president and CEO of the HSUS. “Abused, abandoned, and homeless horses will have a safe place at the Duchess Sanctuary, and we could not be more grateful to the Roberts Foundation and the Ark Watch Foundation for supporting this tremendously important and much-needed home for horses.”

The Duchess Sanctuary, located south of Eugene, consists of diverse terrain of forest and pasture, and will be managed for horses and for the native wildlife that live on the property.

The first equine residents of the sanctuary will come from the Ark Watch Foundation. Many of these animals are veterans of the pregnant mares' urine (PMU) industry.

“These former PMU mares and many other abused horses will find a safe haven at the sanctuary,” said Katherine Liscomb, vice president for direct care operations for The HSUS. “Our goal is to adopt policies to protect horses and to promote personal responsibility for the care of horses so that animals do not come into a distressed circumstance in the first place. But where that occurs, we will have capacity to help these creatures and provide them a home.”